Future Edge 50 Award
Penn Medicine earned a Future Edge 50 Award for the Conversation Connect project. This project redesigned a clinical workflow with a machine learning algorithm that automatically flags patients who would benefit most from a timely conversation about their end-of-life goals and wishes, and prompts clinicians to have these conversations before patients' illnesses progress too far.. The project was led by Penn Medicine's Predictive Healthcare Team with the Abramson Cancer Center and was made up of a cross-disciplinary team of oncologists, clinical informaticists, human factors scientists, data scientists, and software engineers. Conversation Connect is an incredible program that helps oncologists meet seriously ill patients' goals of care," said Michael Draugelis, chief data scientist at Penn Medicine. "We're incredibly proud of the compassionate conversations that have resulted from this re-imagining of the workflow, and this program serves as a model of how to use AI to deliver value in healthcare." The program has resulted in an improved patient care experience, and the reduction of missed opportunities for important conversations.